In the kitchen, vinegar has so many uses over and above flavouring
and preserving food.
As it is an acetic acid, vinegar works well as a cleaner and a
disinfectant and here are a few ways which will help you save money
on more expensive products:-
* Leave a small cup of the liquid standing in your
refrigerator to remove any unpleasant smells. Also, when you
do your regular clean of the refrigerator, add a small amount to
some warm water and it will both clean and disinfect.
* If the inside of the microwave is a little grubby, make a
mixture of a half a cup of vinegar to two cups of water and let it
come to the boil in the microwave. Let it stand or a while, so
that the steam can loosen any build-up of grease, then you will find
cleaning a much easier task.
* Once a month, put a cup of vinegar into your dishwasher and
do an empty cycle. This will keep it smelling sweet.
* Sterilise cutting boards with neat vinegar, then wash as
* Remove grease and other stains from the kitchen tiles by
using a soft cloth that has been soaked in vinegar. Buff the
tiles up later with a dry soft cloth and admire their clean look.
* Clean your sink drains by pouring a cup of this acetic acid
down the plughole and leaving it for thirty minutes or so, before
flushing it away.
* For outside drains that are clogged up, make a one-to-one
mix of vinegar and bicarbonate of soda and pour this into the drain.
The mixture will become frothy and, after a few minutes, you can
wash it away to find the drain cleaner and also smelling sweeter.
* Adding a little vinegar to the final rinse of a load of
white washing is said to make the white look brighter and it’s also
disinfecting your machine at the same time,
* A little bread soaked in vinegar and placed inside a
lunchbox will get rid of any lingering smells from previous
sandwiches or salads.
* By mixing equal parts of vinegar and bicarbonate of soda,
you have an excellent abrasive liquid for scouring hard-to-clean
pans and casserole dishes.
* If you have cats in the house, you’ll know that their
curiosity gets the better of them when the smell of food is in the
air. Regularly disinfecting your worktops with a vinegar and
water solution will discourage your cats from climbing up there to
steal whatever has been left unattended.
* A small amount of vinegar added to soapy water will remove
grease from your cooker top, the walls and anything else that got in
the way of the cooking process.
For the points listed above, you will know that you can buy specific
cleaners for many of the tasks, each costing an arm and a leg. Why
not add up the cost of the specific cleaners that have been replaced
by that multipurpose vinegar and the occasional addition of
bicarbonate of soda and see just how much better off you are!
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